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Meet Phoenix: A Rails-like Framework for Modern Web Apps on Elixir

by Eduardo Bautista

In back-end software development, increased productivity often comes at the cost of performance. In this article, Toptal Software Engineer Eduardo Bautista shows us how the Phoenix framework builds on the familiar concepts from the Rails world, and makes it even easier to build robust concurrent applications without compromising performance.

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Build Sleek Rails Components With Plain Old Ruby Objects

by Eqbal Quran

Your website is gaining traction, and you are growing rapidly. Ruby/Rails is your programming language of choice. Your team is bigger and you’ve given up on “fat models, skinny controllers” as a design style for your Rails apps. However, you still don’t want to abandon using Rails? No problem. In this article, Toptal Software Engineer Eqbal Quran explains how you can decouple and isolate your Rails components using nothing Plain Old Ruby Objects. Ruby objects and abstractions can decouple concerns, simplify testing, and help you produce clean, maintainable code.

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How Sequel and Sinatra Solve Ruby’s API Problem

by Boško Ivanišević

The rise of the web and mobile applications has led to an increased need for back-end API services. Ruby on Rails' philosophy seemingly makes it the ideal framework for creating back-end APIs. However, using Rails only for the API is overkill. In this article, Freelance Software Engineer Boško Ivanišević explores alternatives to Rails and introduces us to two very mature and powerful gems, Sinatra and Sequel, which in combination provide powerful tools for creating server-side APIs.

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Social Network APIs: The Internet’s Portal to the Real World

by Behsaad Ramez

Social networks are a rich source of user information. From a person’s current mood to endless streams of photos, there is by now probably a social network for each aspect of human life. From the development side, access to users' information can be an essential element in providing a truly personalized experience in any application. In this article, Toptal Freelance Software Engineer Behsaad Ramez shows us how the APIs of some of these social networks stack against each other and how they may be leveraged to accumulate precious information about users.

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Hunting Down Memory Issues In Ruby: A Definitive Guide

by Bruz Marzolf

Memory issues in programs can be quite frustrating whether you’re the user or the developer attempting to solve the problem. In Ruby, the garbage collector plays a vital role in managing your program's memory so that you can focus on other important things. However, it is often possible to overwhelm the garbage collector or end up with sneaky resources that cannot be freed, which can lead to all sorts of memory issues. In this article, Toptal Freelance Software Engineer Bruz Marzolf explains why certain memory issues arise in Ruby applications and how to tackle them easily.

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HTTP Request Testing: A Developer's Survival Tool

by Bhushan Lodha

It's tragically common for developers to come into a project where proper automated testing has been and will continue to be overlooked. It's a situation Freelance Developer Bhushan Lodha has found himself in all too often; fortunately, he's found a solution. In this article, he briefly covers the reasons why testing is overlooked and ultimately explains his "coding life hack" to ensure quality control even when he can't introduce a testing framework.

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Clean Code and the Art of Exception Handling

by Ahmed AbdelHalim

Exceptions are as old as programming itself. An unhandled exception may cause unexpected behavior, and results can be spectacular. Over time, these errors have contributed to the impression that exceptions are bad. But exceptions are a fundamental element of modern programming. Rather than fearing exceptions, we should embrace them and learn how to benefit from them. In this article, we will discuss how to manage exceptions elegantly, and use them to write clean code that is more maintainable.

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How to Set up a Microservices Architecture in Ruby: A Step by Step Guide

by Francisco Temudo

Microservices are one of the latest trends in software design. In a microservices architecture, the classic monolithic back-end is substituted by a suite of distributed services. This design allows better separation of responsibilities, easier maintenance, greater flexibility in the choice of technologies for each service, and easier scalability and fault tolerance. In this article, Toptal Freelance Software Engineer Francisco Temudo guides us in a step-by-step tutorial on how to build a microservices suite using Ruby.

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Grape Gem Tutorial: How To Build A REST-Like API In Ruby

by Botond Orban

In this tutorial, Toptal Engineer Orban Botond demonstrates how to use the Grape gem -- a REST-like API micro-framework for Ruby -- to build backend support in Rails for a JSON API. Grape is designed to run as a mountable rack engine that complements your web applications without interfering with them.

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